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Unions set their sights on Walmart

Chris Woodward   ( Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A conservative columnist and commentator thinks Big Labor will continue to try and unionize Walmart in the new year.

Protests were held at various Walmart stores across the U.S. on this most recent Black Friday, with workers and other workforce advocates making good on their promise to demand higher wages and better benefits.

As a result, Fred Wszolek of the Workforce Fairness Institute thinks unions will remain focused on unionizing the retailer.

Wszolek, Fred (Workforce Fairness Institute)"They make a move every day. Walmart is the biggest company in almost any category you want to name so, obviously, you go duck hunting where the ducks are," he says.

"There are a lot of employees there, but I think every time they've been asked, workers have turned down unionization. And it's really because they just don't see what value they get in return for their money, which is the pattern you see everywhere in the private sector  -- if given a choice, virtually no one wants to be in a union.

Wszolek also says "unless they can get the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to rig the rules and make it easier for unions to organize workers, these private sector unions are going to continue to struggle, especially when workers pick up the paper and read about nonsense like Hostess."

Hostess announced it was closing operations this month, citing a strike by the bakers' union protesting a new contract imposed on them by the already bankrupt Hostess. Some of the blame has been placed on the Teamsters union. Meanwhile, AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka called the situation a "microcosm of what's wrong with America, as Bain-style Wall Street vultures make themselves rich by making America poor." Trumka added that "crony capitalism and consistently poor management" drove Hostess into the ground.

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